Posts Tagged ‘Thors’

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The murderer is revealed.  The motive is revealed.  Battleworld will never be the same.  Jason Aaron’s brilliant tie-in mini-series comes to a close with this week’s Thors #4, and while it may not have been so neatly tied up as some of the other tie-ins, it certainly has one thing going for it in that it is perhaps more closely related to the main event series than any of the others.  Aaron writes these characters perfectly, and in the end he even gives us a little glimpse into what could perhaps be the conclusion to the main Secret Wars event.  Considering something similar happened at the end of Weirdworld, I would be willing to bet it’s probably pretty close to the actual ending, it’s just a matter of getting there at this point.  Sprouse’s artwork seems to have worked better in the darker, grittier settings of the first issues.  This one has a lot of wide open spaces and bright lighting, which don’t seem to suit his style particularly well.  Overall, definitely a fun read and perhaps the most relevant tie-in to the main event.

The Verdict for Thors #4:
4 out of 5

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A suspect has finally been brought in to be questioned in the murder of one of the Thors, but does Loki know more than he lets on?  The Ultimate Thor seems to think so, and he has vowed to let nothing stop him in his quest to catch his partner’s killer.  He doesn’t realize just how dangerous the road ahead could be.

Jason Aaron continues this fantastic detective story, that just keeps getting better and better.  It fits the genre so well, without sinking too far into the realm of cliche.  Loki’s crazy street informant character is perfect for the story, and serves to add a little bit of depth without slowing the pace one bit.  Also, the predicament that Ultimate Thor finds himself in at the end of this issue has me just about foaming at the mouth to find out what happens in issue #4.

Sprouse’s artwork is also something to be praised.  This book takes us to some of the dark and seedy corners of Battleworld and you genuinely feel that in the art.  This book is the dark alley that you wouldn’t want to walk down alone at night, but you have to because you just can’t help yourself, and you really want to find out what’s at the other end.  I mean that in the most positive way that I possibly can.

This is easily one of my favorite mini-series in the entire Secret Wars event, and I sincerely hope that the quality art and storytelling continue right on through the final issues.  Aaron writes Thor stories brilliantly, and I can’t wait to see how this one ends.

The Verdict for Thors #3:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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Hail Hydra #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse continue the story of the Battleworld police force in Thors #2.  The Thor Corps is shaken, as they mourn the loss of one of their own, but none take the loss so hard as the Ultimate Thor.  The Corps knows that there are only so many beings on Battleworld that can actually kill a Thor, so the go after all the usual suspects in their quest to track down the killer, while still investigating the string of murders from issue #1.  Along the way, they find yet another body left out in a similar fashion, but there’s definitely something different about this one.

Aaron continues to weave a fantastic detective story in this series.  The tension builds as we get further into the issue and it never seems heavy-handed or over the top.  The story itself is very reminiscent of watching a cop drama on TV, except, in this case, the officers can control lightning and thunder.  He also injects little bits of humor into the narrative here and there, and they work perfectly to lighten some of the more dramatic moments.  And I would be doing the book a disservice if I didn’t mention the wise-cracking medical examiner, Throg, Frog of Thunder, who is slowly becoming one of my favorite characters in the series.

Sprouse’s artwork is also on point here.  The scenes are dark and gritty, as the Thors visit some of the less pleasant areas of Battleworld, and the artist makes that visible.  I particularly enjoyed the encounter that Ultimate Thor has with another version of himself (no spoilers here).  The tension between the two is apparent in their body language and their disdain for one another is plainly visible in both the art and the text.  Good stuff.

I’m truly enjoying this series.  Jason Aaron won me over in his runs on Wolverine and Thor, and so far in Secret Wars he’s kept up the good work.

The Verdict for Thors #2:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Squarriors #3
X-Men ’92 #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

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This week we get to learn a little more about Battleworld’s police force, the Thor Corps.  Are they all they’re cracked up to be?  Let’s find out.

In Thors #1, writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Sprouse give us a more intimate look at the force that helps Doom keep the order on Battleword, the Thors.  This is a group of characters that we’ve seen glimpses of in the main Secret Wars book, as well as many of the other tie-in series, but this one is dedicated completely to them. In this particular story, there’s a serial killer loose on Battleworld that has killed five women in five different territories, but there’s something quite interesting that connects all of the women to one another (no spoilers, read the issue!).  It’s up to the Thor Corps’ best detectives, partners Ultimate Thor and Beta Ray Bill, to track down the killer, but their investigation will not be without its own dangers.

Here, Jason Aaron writes a pretty serious hard-boiled detective drama that just so happens to involve multiple different versions of the god of thunder.  This story is also a perfect companion piece to the Secret Wars event because it’s something that could only happen on Battleworld, specifically within the confines of the event.  I’ve recently become a fan of Aaron’s writing style, and here he doesn’t disappoint.  The whole story reads like a gritty detective novel/cop drama, and it works.  The suspense kept me turning the pages, and the issues final reveals were worth the wait.

Sprouse’s artwork is pretty standard comic book fare.  Nothing terribly spectacular about it, but nothing that detracts from the overall reading experience either.  Forensic analyst Throg (Thor + Frog) was fun to see and read.  The last panel on the last page seemed a little melodramatic to me, but that could just be a me thing.  I don’t want to get too deep into it for fear of giving something away, I’ll just say that it is something that you’ve probably seen in many cop dramas at some point.  Overall, not a whole lot to complain about in the art department, but nothing that really makes the issue stand out either.

In the end, Thors #1 combines a gritty and dramatic story with some pretty solid, if standard, comic book artwork.  It’s not quite as fun as some of the other tie-in series have been so far, but it takes a more serious stance with a story that will keep most fans of detective fiction pretty happy.  And really, it’s magical hammer wielding detectives that can summon lightning, what’s not to like?

The Verdict for Thors #1:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
The Fiction #1
Planet Hulk #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Where Monsters Dwell #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition